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Unusual wound with increasing prevalence caused by artificial fingernail glue
  1. Rachel V Currie1,2,
  2. Serena V Martin1,2,
  3. Khalid Khan2
  1. 1 Department of Plastic Surgery, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, UK
  2. 2 Department of Plastic Surgery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Rachel V Currie, Plastic Surgery, Ulster Hospital, Belfast BT16 1RH, UK; rcurrie26{at}


Clinical introduction A healthy 17-year-old girl presents with a wound on her left medial thigh (figure 1). Two days earlier while applying acrylic nail tips, she spilled nail glue on her jeans in the area of concern. Despite noticing an immediate irritable sensation, she did not perform any first aid nor did she remove her clothing to check the underlying skin.

Figure 1

Wound left medial thigh.

Question What is the pathological process of this wound?

  1. De-epithelialisation due to removal of clothing glued to skin.

  2. Chemical burn.

  3. Partial thickness thermal burn.

  4. Allergic reaction to nail glue.

For answer see page 02

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  • Contributors RVC drafted the manuscript and maintained contact and consent with the patient. SVM and KK served as scientific advisors and did revision of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.